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Aromatherapy 101: Summer Survival and Essential Oils

Posted by on Aug 6, 2015 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on Aromatherapy 101: Summer Survival and Essential Oils

Scent is a powerful mode to immediately changing our mood. Life generally abounds during summer as the herbs, trees and the flowers are in full bloom and the air is filled with aromatic fragrances. But when this same aromatic summer turns warm and sticky, most of our homes can use a little summer scent to feel fresh. Clean summer scents can do a lot for us, but it is very harmful to rely on the Plug-in air fresheners or even the sprays, as both contain harmful chemicals, which can cause harm if inhaled. Instead we can rely on the wisdom of our great grandmothers, or in my case grandfather, by using natural products to make our homes smell clean and refreshing. So let the delightful aroma of the summer renew your mind and body and melt away your stress. Isn’t it much better to use essential oils rather than the perfumes made with artificial chemicals? Authentic essential oils are therapeutic and also have a fuller and yet a milder caress, as compared to the commercial perfumes. As the essential oils are in a concentrated form even a little drop can work wonders. When engaging in summertime activities, it’s important to remember to take care of our skin and provide it with the moisturizing and protection that it needs. Now that the summer is almost in full swing, you may have come across some skin care issues that are quite unique to the summer months. Just as winter can take its toll on the skin leaving it dry from extreme cold and lifeless from lack of sun as well as the dehydrating nature of indoor heaters. The summer too has its own unique set of skin care concerns. More time spent outdoors means coming into contact with mosquitoes, bees and other bugs, sun burn, dry dehydrated skin and dry cracked heels from pounding the pavement in sandals and open toe shoes. The following essential oils are good to have on hand going into and through the summer months and will make your skin feel calm, hydrated, refreshed and restored after dealing with the humidity, pollution, outdoors and the scorching sun. Lavender (Lavendula angustifolia) France: One of the best essential oils to invest in for your summer skin is lavender essential oil. It is good anytime of the year, but it is especially good in the summer as it has a few key properties to help heal summer skin. One of the best qualities of lavender essential oil is that it heals burns. Any kind of burn really, especially sun burn. It is one of the few essential oils that can actually be used neat on small areas of the skin (applied directly to the skin as opposed to being diluted). Lavender essential oil is soothing, calming, cleansing and relaxing so it is a perfect essential oil to use on dry dehydrated or sunburnt skin. It is also excellent for healing insect bites. It is a good oil for regenerating the skin. Chamomile German (Blue) (Matricaria recutita) Bulgaria: Chamomile and its essential oil both have a lot of healing qualities. They are good for stress relief, as well as aiding in sleep and reducing headaches. As far as the skin goes the oil is effective in healing rashes, insect bites, burns, and cuts. For these reasons it makes a great addition to both your skin care regime and your summer first aid kit. What makes this chamomile essential oil so healing is the fact that it is high in azulene, which is blue in color and has an anti-inflammatory healing agent....

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